The desert at Anholt

A long walk around the fantastic Anholt in the middle of the Kattegat


Sandy and windswept plains which are broken by a myriad of dunes of 15-20 meters in height, adorn Anholt, and act as a starting point for this hiking route. During the part of the route that leads you through the desert, you can use the lighthouse on the horizon for the orientation. Most of the desert is characterized by lowlands and bogs, which are adorned with a delicate flower cover in the hilly and sandy landscape.

The hiking route is a full 17 km long, and the route can also be characterized as being a full day trip as well as a difficult route due to the sandy terrain, which is to be found in many places on the trip. The walking route takes you past Anholt town, and further through the desert, up to the lighthouse and finally you are led along Nordstranden on the way back towards the town.  


Sights and experiences

  • Anholt Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in the country, as the lighthouse was already built in 1785
  • At the easternmost tip of Anholt is a seal sanctuary. However, there is a ban on access to this part of the island, but from the observation house by the lighthouse there is a view using a pair of binoculars directly down to the seals
  • After a long hike you can take a refreshing dip in the Kattegat by the North Beach, which is a beautiful beach
  • End the hike with a trip to Anholt Kro, where you can enjoy both wet and dry

Frequently asked questions

You can take the ferry to Anholt with the Grenaa-Anholt ferry from the address Færgevej 1, 8500 Grenaa. You can find the specific sailing schedule and prices for the ferry trip by reading further here at

Start or end the hike at Anholt Kro, which can quench both your thirst and your hunger. Of course, it is also possible to enjoy the packed lunch at the route's many benches and tables

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